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C491 - Rutile on Hematite on Quartz $ 1000
Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland
small cabinet - 6 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


Rutile on Hematite on Quartz from Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/c491a.jpg] Rutile on Hematite on Quartz from Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/c491b.jpg] Rutile on Hematite on Quartz from Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/c491c.jpg] Rutile on Hematite on Quartz from Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/c491d.jpg]

Epitaxial red Rutile on Hematite crystals on a water clear, glassy crystal of light smokey Quartz. The Quartz crystal is 6cm tall and undamaged. The Hematite crystals reach 1.7cm in size.


C499 - Celestite $ 1200
Sakoany deposit, Boeny Region, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar
small cabinet - 8.5 x 6 x 6 cm


Celestite from Sakoany deposit, Boeny Region, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/c499a.jpg] Celestite from Sakoany deposit, Boeny Region, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/c499b.jpg] Celestite from Sakoany deposit, Boeny Region, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/c499c.jpg]

Dramatic, gemmy blue crystals of Celestite with glassy luster. These are common as geodes, but it's difficult to get good undamaged specimens from the geodes and they are therefore uncommon. There is a flat lying 5cm crystal and the main vertical crystal rises 3.5cm above the others. All the crystals are undamaged and like transparent glass. Highly showy and bright.


C500 - Azurite with Malachite (R) $ 5000
Christiana Mine, Lavrion District, Greece
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm


Azurite with Malachite (R) from Christiana Mine, Lavrion District, Greece [db_pics/pics/c500a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite (R) from Christiana Mine, Lavrion District, Greece [db_pics/pics/c500b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite (R) from Christiana Mine, Lavrion District, Greece [db_pics/pics/c500c.jpg]

Interconnected spherical clusters of Azurite with minor amounts of attached Malchite. This is a superb Greek Azurite specimen and was photographed in Lapis magazine. It is a floater specimen well crystallized all around and has one repair. Extraordinary color!


C530 - Hematite $ 2800
Minas Gerais, Brazil
cabinet - 10 x 7.5 x 7 cm


Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530a.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530b.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530c.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530d.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530e.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530f.jpg]

Large, chunky Hematite crystal with an uncommon psuedocubic form. Great luster with parallel surface striations. This is an old specimen from a collection dating back to the 60s and 70s. It came without precise locality information, but I suspect it is from the Casa de Pedra mine in Congonhas, Minas Gerais. It's complete all around with some indentations from other crystals on top near the back, but remarkably pristine with only a couple small nicks. Even the bottom is rehealed. Weighs 2 pounds and 14 ounces!


C532 - Dioptase $ 1500
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4.5 x 2 cm


Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c532a.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c532b.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c532c.jpg]

Classic Tsumeb specimen of Dioptase on white Calcite. Super lustrous, transluscent Dioptase crystals in small clusters and isolated crystals. There is damage to a couple crystals, but the vast majority are fine and undamaged. Despite the damage, this quality is rare to find now.


C538 - Azurite $ 1800
Chessy, Rhone Alpes, France
cabinet - 11.5 x 10.5 x 3.5 cm


Azurite from Chessy, Rhone Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/c538a.jpg] Azurite from Chessy, Rhone Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/c538b.jpg] Azurite from Chessy, Rhone Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/c538c.jpg]

Cluster of Large, relatively flat floater crystal group of Azurite from the historic Chessy mines. This is out of an old collection built in the 60s and 70s, and specimen itself likely dates back to the 1800s. These are most commonly found as small rounded clusters of crystals and this specimen is noteworthy for both it's large size and flat shape. There are a couple areas of breakage along the edges, where it was likely attached to the matrix, otherwise it's pristine with both the front and back faces perfect and undamaged.


C559 - Covellite $ 2500
Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA
cabinet - 10 x 9.5 x 5 cm


Covellite from Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/c559a.jpg] Covellite from Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/c559b.jpg] Covellite from Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/c559c.jpg] Covellite from Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/c559d.jpg]

Irridescent blades of Covellite crystals on matrix with Quartz crystals. From the Don Boydston collection and comes with an old Burminco label.


C560 - Covellite $ 3800
Annie Vein, Summitville, Colorado, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 7 x 6 cm


Covellite from Annie Vein, Summitville, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/c560a.jpg] Covellite from Annie Vein, Summitville, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/c560b.jpg] Covellite from Annie Vein, Summitville, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/c560c.jpg]

Irridescent blades of Covellite crystals in a few different areas on matrix. Ex. J.H. Marshall Jr. and Geary Murdock collections and comes with three old labels. One label indicates 'exceptionally well crystallized Covellite. One of the finest specimens I have ever seen from this locality'.


C564 - Fluorite with Quartz $ 1200
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
small cabinet - 6.2 x 6 x 4 cm


Fluorite with Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/c564a.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/c564b.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/c564c.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/c564d.jpg]

Color-zoned purple/blue Fluorite cube with 5 terminated Quartz crystals grown along the sides.Two small trivial nicks otherwise pristine. Wonderful transparency and aesthetics.



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